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Kirkuk, Iraq - The Development Coordination Office (DCO) of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) hosted a briefing session on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for National NGOs (NNGOs) based in Kirkuk. A total of 25 participants representing the NNGOS attended the session on 13 February 2019, which aimed to raise awareness of the NNGOs based in Kirkuk on the SDGs and Agenda 2030.

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 11:20

SRSG Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert visits Mosul, Iraq

On 28 January 2019, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Ms. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert met with local authority members in Mosul including the Deputy Governor, the Provincial Council Chair, his Deputy and a number of Provincial Council Members, as well as the Mayor of Mosul. SRSG Hennis-Plasschaert discussed ways in which the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the United Nations in general can assist the local authorities and people of Ninewa in their efforts to return their lives to normal. The SRSG also discussed ways of enhancing and strengthening cooperation and coordination with the local authorities for UN activities in the area.

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Sulaimaniyah, 16-17 and Duhok Iraq 23-24 December 2018 – The Erbil Human Rights Office (HRO) at the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) successfully ran a two-day training, titled UN Mechanisms for the Protection of Women and Minorities, for a number of participants from NGOs and the Directorate of Following-up Violence against Women in Sulaimaniyah and Duhok. The participants represented civil society organizations, being activists and advocators of women and minorities rights in the Kurdistan Region.

The course, which trained 24 participants (16 women and 8 men) in Sulaimaniyan and 25 participants (12 Women and 13 Men) in Duhok, aimed at enhancing the knowledge of participants on the United Nations human rights protection system, conventions and tools concerning women and minorities, and relevant international and domestic laws in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. The course also examined issues such as gender and sexual based violence and conflict-related sexual violence.

"We appreciate the role of the UNAMI Human Rights Office to open such productive and informative courses for us, activities that enhance our capacities and increase our knowledge of the UN mechanisms and provide us with further understanding of protection tools for women," said Mohammed Wahduddin, Director of Media and Relations at the Directorate of Follow-up Violence against Women in Sulaymaniyah.

Ms. Parwar Ibrahim, from Kurdistan for All organization, meanwhile noted: “I would like to thank UNAMI for this training. It was truly significant since it was my first time being involved in an intensive human rights training, I gained very fruitful information. In addition to this, the participant groups belonged to NGOs and the public sector, a structural mixture which helps to bring in coordination and cooperation between both groups thereby jointly working to reach suitable solutions for the existing violations against women.”

Mr. Abdulrahman Taib from Roshingary Organization for Practicing Democracy in Duhok highly appreciated the training content stating:” the course truly enriched our knowledge and performance in addressing sexual and gender based violence from International Human Rights perspectives. It will undoubtedly bring in improvements in NGOs and relevant public sectors approach in that end.”

UNAMI HRO Human Rights Officer, Mr. Zito Siany opened the courses by noting that the presence of NGOs, Human Rights activists and officers of the Directorate of Follow-up Violence against Women are tremendously significant in defending women rights and preventing violence against them.

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Wednesday, 26 December 2018 15:31

Short Film Festival

Baghdad, 26 December 2018: With support from film and theatre representatives in Mosul, Erbil, Baghdad and Basra, UNAMI Human Rights Office (HRO) and implementing partners, Art City Film and TV Production, will hold a national short film festival and competition on human rights and minorities in Iraq.

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Erbil, Iraq, 10 December 2018 - Students and human rights activists fanned out in Erbil’s old bazaar distributing flyers and informing cafegoers, shoppers and shop owners about Human Rights Day and the importance of standing up for their rights and the rights of others in a splendid public display of activism to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Kirkuk, Iraq, 12 December 2018 - On the occasion of Human Rights Day, the College of Law at Kirkuk University together with the Human Rights Centre in Iraq, commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a panel presentation.

Kirkuk, Iraq, 11 December 2018 – Human rights go hand in hand with stability and prosperity, the head of UNAMI’s Office in Kirkuk said at a celebration in Kirkuk to mark the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The event was hosted by the Kirkuk Office of the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights.

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Oslo, 10 December 2018

Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Excellencies, Distinguished Members of the Committee, Ladies and Gentlemen, my warm greetings to you.

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Monday, 03 December 2018 15:34

UNAMI HRO holds training workshop for Youth

On 28 and 29 November 2018, UNAMI Human Rights Office (HRO) held a two-day training workshop for Youths in Baghdad. The participants were from Baghdad, Najaf, Karbala and Diyala Governorates. A total of 31 participants (13 males and 18 females) from various backgrounds and organisations such as the Bar Association, persons with disabilities, ethnic and religious minority groups, academics, university students and human rights activists attended the workshop.

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Saturday, 01 December 2018 12:48

The Baghdad Marathon 2018

Baghdad, Iraq, 30 November 2018 - The Baghdad Marathon 2018 kicked off today with runners, walkers and enthusiastic supporters braving chilly, rainy weather to participate in the run in the Iraqi capital for the fourth year in a row.

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